The victory was UT’s fourth road win in a row over the Cardinals and improved its league road mark to 3-1. With the decision, Toledo moved to 15-8 overall and 7-3 MAC. Ball State, which absorbed its eighth straight loss, fell to 7-14 on the campaign and 2-8 in MAC play.
Senior guard Julius Brown poured in a game-high 24 points and dished out six assists to help Toledo remain in first place in the MAC’s West Division. He was joined in double figures by senior guard Justin Drummond (15 pts.) and sophomore guard Jonathan Williams (12 pts.). The Rockets’ backcourt trio combined to shoot 58.3 percent (19-of-32) to spearhead the team’s 53.2 shooting mark in the contest.
Sophomore forward Franko House paced the Cardinals with 19 points. UT was able to limit the MAC’s leading freshman scorer, forward Sean Sellers, to five points on 1-of-7 shooting.
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Toledo also continued its recent success from the charity stripe, converting 19-of-24 attempts (79.2 percent). The Rockets have posted an 81.4 FT percentage (83-of-102) in their last four contests.
Toledo led for all but 17 seconds thanks to a strong start. Weatherspoon’s dunk provided the Rockets 10-4 lead, and a 13-2 spurt later in the half gave UT a 33-17 cushion.
Toledo enjoyed its best shooting first half of the season with a 65.2 field-goal percentage. That, combined with Ball State’s 11 turnovers, resulted in a 42-27 UT halftime lead.
The Rockets maintained a double-digit cushion the remainder of the contest except for two occasions when BSU came within nine points.
Toledo remains on the road with a trip to Buffalo, NY on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET). Ball State will be at Northern Illinois (8 p.m. ET).
(Courtesy of UT Athletics/MRO edit)